The History of Literature Podcast

83 Overrated! Top 10 Books You Don’t Need to Read

Life is short, and books are many. How many great books have you read? How many more have you NOT read? How to choose? Mike Palindrome, President of the Literature Supporters Club, joins Jacke for a discussion of overrated classics and the pleasures of shortening one’s list of must-reads.


Write a review on iTunes (or another site), then send us an email at to receive your free History of Literature card as a thank you gift. Act now while supplies last!

Show Notes: 

Contact the host at or by leaving a voicemail at 1-361-4WILSON (1-361-494-5766).

You can find more literary discussion at and more episodes of the series at

Check out our Facebook page at

You can follow Jacke Wilson at his Twitter account @WriterJacke. You can also follow Mike and the Literature Supporters Club (and receive daily book recommendations) by looking for @literatureSC.

Music Credits:

Handel – Entrance to the Queen of Sheba” by Advent Chamber Orchestra (From the Free Music Archive / CC by SA).

“Sweet Vermouth” by Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.


2 thoughts on “83 Overrated! Top 10 Books You Don’t Need to Read”

  1. Jacke,

    I am so grateful to have found your podcast. I have been trying to jump on the podcast bandwagon and failed numerous times over these past years, until I found this one! It finally hit me that I should search for a podcast that talks about something I already really care about and want to learn about in more depth and context – literature! That might sound silly to admit but I’ve tried all kinds of podcasts to learn about new and unfamiliar things (technology, history, etc.) and its never stuck as a routine for me. Listening to yours has become a routine to me and it’s been such a pleasure.

    I digress! Can I just say what a relief it was to hear you and Michael agree that “The Last of the Mohicans”, “Don Quixote”, and Dave Eggers were on the list of material I did not have to cover. Also, I thought it was hilarious that this was even a podcast someone would think to put together – I certainly appreciated it though and I think you did a great job of looking out for your community. I might add, though, that I’m what you’d call a “millennial” and I still read hard covered books and just finished “The Sound and the Fury” last year – my third Faulkner book to date!

    I wanted to ask a couple of questions: What is your opinion of Truman Capote? I tried to run a search on your podcasts but didn’t see any in particular dedicated to him or his work. The author that first got me truly hooked into literature was Ernest Hemingway and I’ve since come across some novel introductions and articles that compared the styles between the two.

    Further, I was wondering whether you had ever read “The Sojourn” by Andrew Krivak or “In the Distance” by Hernan Diaz. I can be pretty selective with what I chose to read, mostly steering more towards classics (and inadvertently filling your Rolling Wave rule), and, as such, avoid the new hit bestsellers. I came across those two books over the past few years and just had a moment of curiosity and ended up very satisfied by both. “The Sojourn” felt reminiscent to Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” but shorter and “In the Distance” was just a fascinating story about an immigrant to the States during the Gold Rush whom did not speak a word of English.

    Thank you so much for your time. Even if you don’t get a chance to respond to this comment, I’m happy just to have an outlet through which to ask these burning questions.


    1. What a beautiful comment. I responded to this on an episode, but I wanted to add a note here as well. Thank you so much – I’m glad to know you’re enjoying the podcast!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.